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Inside Pop Ep. 141 - The Best Television & Music of 2018

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Inside Pop presents our year end special highlighting the very best Television and Music of 2018! That's right - this one episode brings you our picks for the most binge-worthy TV shows ( including Atlanta, Dear White People, Barry, The Haunting of Hill House, Killing Eve, Queer Eye, Sense8) and most addictive music (including Janelle Monae, Cardi B, Meek Mill, Florence and the Machine, Ella Mai, Jacob Banks, Chloe X Halle) of the past 12 months. Listen to hear new insights into the shows that sit on top of the TV peak, plus we'll celebrate our favorite albums and each declare our Song of the Year!

Sean's Top TV

black-ish

Dear White People

Castle Rock

Daredevil

Glow

The Haunting of Hill House

Killing Eve

Sense8 (Series Finale)

Amita's Top TV

Atlanta

Barry

The Handmaid's Tale

Killing Eve

Murphy Brown

Queer Eye

Amita's Top Albums

A Star is Born (Soundtrack) - Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper

Championships - Meek Mill

Dirty Computer - Janelle Monae

Invasion of Privacy - Cardi B

Ventriloquism - Meshell Ndegeocello

Sean's Top Albums

Dirty Computer - Janelle Monae

High as Hope - Florence and the Machine

Lean on Me - Jose James

Piano & a Microphone - Prince

Remain in Light - Angelique Kidjo (Remain in Light X 2 playlist)

Ventriloquism - Meshell Ndegeocello

Village - Jacob Banks

Sean's Song of the Year

Happy Without Me - Chloe X Halle

Amita's Song of the Year

Boo'd Up - Ella Mai

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Inside Pop Ep. 140 - Inside the World of a TV Casting Director: A Conversation with Evan Majors (Rhythm + Flow, The Real World)

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Guests: 
Evan Majors

Have you ever wondered what minds were behind the casting of your favorite unscripted TV shows and how they found the personalities who've grown to feel like family?

In this episode, we chat with Casting Director Evan Majors to find out his approach to finding talent worthy of TV screens and pop culture obsessions. He shares how he approaches meeting and interviewing talent, the need for more representation in film and TV and a little insider info on his latest project, the recently announced Hip Hop reality competition show, Rhythm + Flow for Netflix featuring Cardi B, Chance the Rapper and T.I. as judges. He also reveals the one casting video he'd love to get his hands on.

Then, in this week's Big Sell, Amita gives her review of Sean's suggestion- an article about Stan Lee after his passing- and then sells Sean on an honest conversation between Gina Rodriguez, Gabrielle Union, Ellen Pompeo and Emma Roberts about equal pay and representation in front of and behind the camera.

Links:

Find and follow Evan Majors on Twitter, Instagram and check out his website here.

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Inside Pop Ep. 138- Interracial Relationships in Pop Culture

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Guests: 
Lori Tharps

Why is it still rare to see a romantic relationship between a black man and a white woman on TV? Is Netflix more progressive depicting interracial relationships than other networks? How did the casting of a Cheerios commercial ignite a racist backlash?

In this week's episode, we chat with Lori Tharps, a former Entertainment Weekly and Vibe Magazine writer, novelist and Associate Professor of Journalism at Temple University about how interracial relationships are portrayed on film and TV.

Lori breaks down the positive and negative aspects about the depiction of some of the more memorable interracial relationships in pop culture including Tom and Helen Willis on The Jeffersons, Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner in The Bodyguard and Aziz Ansari's love interests in Master of None.

Then, Amita gives her rating and review of Jose James' latest covers album Lean on Me and sells Sean on a new single from her multi-talented fantasy husband- Riz MC aka Riz Ahmed.

Links:
Follow Lori on Twitter & Instagram
Lori's blog- My American Melting Pot
Riz MC- "Mogambo"

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Inside Pop Ep. 135- Music Matters: An Interview with Music Supervisor Matthew Hearon-Smith

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Matthew Hearon-Smith

Ever wonder how some of your favorite songs in films and TV shows are chosen? This week, Sean sits down with Music Supervisor Matthew Hearon-Smith, who has selected songs for the award winning films Tangerine and The Florida Project and also has curated the soundtracks for various television shows including Viceland’s My House. We discuss his process for finding the right song for the right moment and how he collaborates with directors and showrunners to create the mood for specific scenes.

Then, we share some of our top picks for popular songs that have been featured in films and TV programs that have been embedded in our brains ever since.

Plus, Amita gives her rating and review of Sean’s Big Sell- Fantastic Negrito’s latest album, Please Don’t Be Dead and big sells an honest and revealing interview from “The Good Place” actress Jameela Jamil about the standard of beauty that women have been held up to and how she’s trying to rise above to help women love themselves for who they are, as they are.

Links:

Matthew Hearon-Smith’s IMDb

Matthew Hearon-Smith’s Website

Matthew Hearon-Smith’s Twitter

Sense8‘s use of the song- “What’s Up?”

Blue Velvet’s use of the song – “In Dreams”

Blue Velvet’s use of the song – “Blue Velvet”

Captain Fantastic‘s use of the song- “Sweet Child o’Mine”

Little Miss Sunshine‘s use of the song- “Super Freak”

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Inside Pop Ep. 134- Fall TV Preview & Primetime Emmy Predictions with Norman Baker

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Guests: 
Norman Baker

September has arrived and Fall is right around the corner! (Yeah, we said it, FALL! Where does the time go!?)

So, we're getting you ready for the Fall TV season with special guest Norman Baker- who, as a self-proclaimed 'Pop Culture Genius', utilizes his entertainment prowess every day as a Senior Producer on The Wendy Williams Show. We find out what it takes to put together the Hot Topics segment of the popular daytime talk show and what inspired Norman to get into television production.

Then, Norman shares which new Fall TV shows he is looking forward to checking out including ABC's A Million Little Things, CBS's Murphy Brown and The CW's All American and then we discuss who will win and who should win Best Comedy and Best Drama at this year's Primetime Emmy Awards.

Plus, in this week's Big Sell, Sean gives his rating and review of Ibeyi's "River" music video and shares a new album by soul/rock artist, Fantastic Negrito, who also performed at this year's AfroPunk festival.

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Inside Pop Ep.132- The (Immediate) Future of Television: Highlights from the TCA Press Tour

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If you love Television, our report on the 2018 TCA Summer Press Tour is a must!

This week, the TCA (Television Critics Association) gathered to hear all of the major networks break news with casting announcements, plot line revelations and promises that their new and returning shows will be the peak-iest in this era of Peak TV.

We discuss the highlights of the TCA tour and breakdown what all of this news means for the television industry, and for fans of the medium. We'll answer all of your binge-worthy burning questions including:

What are the new shows creating the most buzz?
How much money is Netflix planning to spend on original programming next year?
What are the details about the new Game of Thrones spin-off?
Which series will end after this season?
Whether you're geeking out over Sir Patrick Stewart's return to the captain's chair in Star Trek or cheering Alex Garland's reboot of a classic miniseries, this episode is for you!

Plus in this week's Big Sell - Sean loves Chaka Khan - but how does he feel about the new song Amita Big Sold last week? Plus find out why he is Big Selling a podcast that combines info about trills, Gregorian chants and Frank Ocean.

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Inside Pop Ep. 131- Highlights from San Diego Comic Con, Aquaman, Jacob Banks

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Guests: 
Mike Cecchini

San Diego Comic Con is the epicenter of genre fandom, the 'make it or break it' launching pad of potential box office blockbusters and the most intensely overwhelming adventure a fan of pop culture can experience. In this episode, we bring you a report straight from the convention with entertainment journalist and Editor-in-Chief at Den of Geek US- Mike Cecchini.

No matter what you're interest- Mike has you covered with inside info and insight including:

His interview with the star of Aquaman, Jason Momoa and the director of the film, James Wan
A report on which trailers created the biggest buzz and which he thinks are most likely to live up to the hype
A special 'everything Amita wanted to know about SHAZAM! and was brave enough to ask' history lesson
The latest on the Buffy reboot (guess what? Sean's got some opinions on this one!)
The DCU streaming service app that is blowing our minds
And the groundbreaking comic books coming out this Fall
Follow Mike Cecchini and Den of Geek:

Mike's Twitter

Den of Geek US's Twitter

Den of Geek Website

Mike's interview with James Wan and Jason Momoa from Aquaman

Plus in the latest installment of The Big Sell - Amita rates soul singer Jacob Banks and sells Sean a new song from an iconic diva.

Links:

Inside Pop's Episode on the Divas Who Defined Us (Episode 67)

Jacob Banks Sings Unknown (To You) Live

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Ep 16: Go Fact Yourself with Jonathan Ames and Janet Varney

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Johnny Whitaker, Janet Varney, J. Keith, Johnathan Ames, Helen Hong, Tom Nolan
Guests: 
Janet Varney & Jonathan Ames
Guests: 
J. Keith van Straaten
Guests: 
Helen Hong
Guests: 
Johnny Whitaker
Guests: 
Tom Nolan

Jonathan Ames created several TV shows, including Bored to Death and Blunt Talk. He’s also the author of many books, including You Were Never Really Here, which was recently adapted into a movie.

Janet Varney stars in the TV show Stan Against Evil and hosts of the podcast The JV Corner.

In this episode, we’ll learn about Jonathan’s experience with having his book transformed into a movie and why, for all his literary expertise, he still has trouble pronouncing certain words. We’ll also hear more about Janet’s involvement at the annual Sketchfest and why she enjoys talking to women about their awkward teen years. And both Janet and Jonathan wonder what Jodie Foster is up to while they are on stage. Is she watching TV with someone while getting a nice neck massage? We may never learn the answer to that question. But GFY listeners will learn other things by listening to this episode.

What’s the difference?

What’s the difference between a “Presidential Pardon” and “Presidential Commutation”?

What’s the difference between “Avenge” and “Revenge”?

Areas of Expertise
Jonathan Ames: 1990’s New Knicks, Detective Novels/Noir Literature and the works of Pema Chodron.
Janet Varney: Jodie Foster movies from the 1970’s to the 1990’s, New York Times crossword puzzles, Alt. Rock 1990’s bands

Appearing in this episode:

J. Keith van Straaten
Helen Hong
Jonathan Ames
Janet Varney

With guest experts:
Tom Nolan, crime novel reviewer for the Wall Street Journal and author of several books.

Johnny Whitaker, actor who’s had roles in shows like Family Affair and General Hospital

Go Fact Yourself is coming to New York for two live tapings on July 21st and 22nd at Caveat NYC! For information on guests and to buy tickets go to gofactyourpod.com.

Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show is recorded at the Angel City Brewery in downtown Los Angeles.

Theme Song by Jonathan Green
David McKeever is the Live Sound Engineer.
Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher
The show is edited by Julian Burrell.

Pop Rocket Ep. 182: HBO's Sharp Objects and The Wappler Test

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Margaret, Guy, Karen
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Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Karen Tongson
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler

This week, Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler and Karen Tongson discuss HBO’s Sharp Objects. It’s based on the Gillian Flynn Novel of the same name and is about a woman, Camille Preaker, played by Amy Adams, who returns to her childhood home to combat her personal demons and look into a number of unsolved murders.

Margaret is all about Won't You Be My Neighbor?, the Fred Rogers biopic that’s guaranteed to conjure up feelings of love and kindness even in this divisive time. Karen is all about the second season of the Netflix series GLOW, especially the eighth episode, which may be the show’s crowning achievement. Guy is all about the video game Fobia on Steam, which finally gave him the type of gaming that he can embrace.

The group will give their thoughts on the HBO series Sharp Objects, including why Amy Adams works so well playing a real person. They also discuss what makes the HBO television production model work so well, and why that might change in the future. Plus, they’ll introduce some new elements to the podcast: The Wappler Test and the Pop Rocket seal of approval.

The Pop Rocket 2018 Summer Book Club is a go! We’re reading Crazy Rich Asians. Join the Facebook group and get in on the conversation.

With Karen Tongson, Guy Branum and Margaret Wappler.

That’s My Jam:

Margaret - Kiira - Messy.

Karen - Swingout Sister - Breakout.

Guy - Pitbull - Free Free Free.

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Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org. Edited by Julian Burrell.

Pop Rocket Ep. 180: Dietland is Unapologetically Fat w/ Lindy West

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Lindy, Guy, Karen, Margaret
Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Lindy West
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Karen Tongson
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler

This week, Guy Branun, Margaret Wappler and Karen Tongson are joined by Lindy West, New York Times opinion writer and bestselling author of the book Shrill to discuss the AMC show Dietland and one of TV’s best fat characters ever: Plum Kettle.

Lindy is all about is all about the UK show Grand Designs, which offers a respite of pleasantness in the current world of television. Margaret is all about Michelle Goldberg's NYT op-ed We Have a Crisis of Democracy, Not Manners, which takes a look at the morality behind Sarah Huckabee Sanders being kicked out of a restaurant. Karen is all about The World Cup, especially the Group that includes Mexico, Sweden, Germany and South Korea. Guy is all about the Netflix series Alex Strangelove a show with a lot of potential…but suffers from the unfortunate issue of being stuck in white suburbia.

The group will take an extensive look at Dietland and the history of fat characters on television. Why is it that even the “good” takes on this archetype often end up feeling incomplete? What would it take for people to get past the message of “body empowerment” when writing stories about fat bout fat people?

The Pop Rocket 2018 Summer Book Club is a go! We’re reading Crazy Rich Asians. Join the Facebook group and get in on the conversation.

With Lindy West, Karen Tongson, Guy Branum and Margaret Wappler.

That’s My Jam:

Margaret - The Carters - NICE.

Karen - Germans - Cruel

Lindy - Bobby McFerrin - Don’t Worry Be Happy.

Guy - Lizzo - Boys.

You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org. Edited by Julian Burrell.

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